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February 2015

Delirious: Study Finds Simple, Humane Fixes for Aged, Disoriented Patients

BOSTON - The patient was an older man, living at a nursing facility. He’d originally been admitted to the hospital for surgery to treat a urinary tract infection. But now, lying in his bed at the hospital after the operation, he was convinced that two people were standing outside his room and planning to blow it up.

Preventive Strategies Protect Against Delirium

Delirium – the sudden onset of confusion frequently seen in older patients – can increase a person’s risk of falls, lead to prolonged hospital stays and may contribute to over $164 billion in healthcare costs.

The HAC No One Wants to Talk About

Program to prevent delirium in ICU patients will soon be implemented in 60 hospitals.

What serious hospital-acquired condition affects 25% of patients over age 70 and up to 82% of patients in the ICU?